→ Is a trip of a lifetime
With stunning fjords, mountains, and picturesque quaint villages, Norway offers an unbelievable variety of natural and man-made sights.
Northern Lights watching and whale watching along with sightseeing of beautiful scenery of fjords are major reasons to visit Norway.
Skiing and Snowboarding, Snorkeling and Scuba diving, Surfing, Rafting and Kayaking, Trekking/Hiking, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Sky diving, Sailing, Sea Kayaking, River Cruising, Sea Cruising, Four-wheel driving, Bike riding
Beaches, Lakes and Fjords, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes, Geological Sites
Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
Jun-August: Best time for hiking/cruising the Norwegian fjords.
Between October and March: Best time to see the northern lights.
This is the list of top destinations in Norway where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.
The lofoten islands
The lofoten islands
- The Lofoten Islands offers majestic landscapes with stunning scenery.
- You can view the aurora borealis during the winter months.
- If you are lucky enough, you will see migrating killer whales along with other marine animals.
- It is also easy to travel to the mainland, or to Helgeland and the UNESCO-listed Vega archipelago further south.
- Mountain and rocks rising from under the fjords pointing towards the Arctic sky.
- Reine, a village on Moskenesøya Island)
- Henningsvær, a small city
- Svolvaer town
- Kvalvika Beach; Ramberg beach; Haukland Beach; Utakleiv Brach (a place to see the Northern Lights); Unstad Beach (the surfer’s paradise)
- Midnight sun
- The aurora borealis (The Northern Lights)
- Watch the Northern Lights
- Viewing the midnight sun
- Ocean fishing
- Try local food made of seafood and lamb
- Visit the Lofotr Viking Museum and learn about Viking culture
- With numerous waterfalls running down the steep mountain ending in the Geirangerfjord, you’ll find one of the world’s top nature vistas.
- Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- the Geirangerfjord
- Geiranger Skywalk
- Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint
- The Eagle Bend
- Sightseeing of Fjords by boat
- Have a scenic tour through Geiranger to Trollstigen
- Hiking to the mountains
- Scenic bus tour to Mount Dalsnibba (Geiranger Skywalk)
- Bergen is home to the country’s longest and deepest fjord, the Sognefjord.
- Bergen enjoys picturesque wooden houses.
- The medieval Hanseatic wharf of Bryggen, with its around 60 historic buildings in succession, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
- Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
- Fløibanen Funicular
- Mount Fløyen
- Mount Ulriken
- Troldhaugen (Edvard Grieg Museum)
- Hanseatic Museum
- University Museum of Bergen
- Norwegian Fisheries Museum
- Bergenhus Fortress
- Bergen Aquarium
- Hike to Mount Ulriken
- Visiting Museums
- Enjoy the water sports in Bergen
- Oslo is selected for the European Green Capital of 2019
- Oslo is popular for its museums and galleries and also offers vibrant culture experiences.
- Vigeland Sculpture Park
- The Norwegian Royal Palace
- Akershus Fortress
- Aker Brygge
- The City Hall
- Oslo Cathedral
- Oslo Opera House
- The National Museum
- Viking Ship Museum
- Norsk Folkemuseum, the Museum of Cultural History
- Natural History Museum
- The Fram Museum
- Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the Ski Museum
- Magic Ice Bar
- TusenFryd Amusement Park
- Exploring parks
- Exploring museums, galleries, and theaters
- Enjoy at amusement park
- Stavanger is the gateway to some of the best hikes in Norway.
- Stavanger nestled numerous museums and offers you incredible cultural events.
- Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock)
- Stavanger Cathedral
- Norwegian Petroleum Museum
- Norwegian Canning Museum
- Stavanger Museum
- Museum of Archaeology
- Stavanger Art Museum
- Flyhistorisk Museum Sola
- Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger)
- Hiking to the Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock) and Kjeragbolten
- Explore the Old Town
- Admire the street art
- Visiting museums
For non-European citizens, either a valid passport only or a valid passport with a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter Norway. But for EU nationals either a passport or any other valid national ID card should suffice.
EU citizens can travel freely to Norway and do not require visa regardless of their visit purpose and length of stay. Citizens from other selected countries can stay up to 90 days (within a 6 months period) without a visa for tourism purposes.
Since Norway is a member of the Schengen Countries, visitors are allowed to travel to all Schengen areas without a visa. According to the category in which your country falls, you may have to apply for Schengen Visa, which is valid for a maximum stay of 90 days in a six month period. Applicants applying for the Schengen visa must also provide bank statements from the previous 3 months along with their application.
Different border control checks will apply for non-EEA nationals, and you may be asked to show a return ticket or onward ticket.
It’s better to check visa requirements (required for the nationals of your country) with the embassy well before you travel.
Credit Cards and Debit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. Changing cash or traveler’s check is not that hard.
Since there are lots of international flights to Norway, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.
Since the major attractions are well scattered across Norway, domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.
Norway has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches are an affordable option as long as you are a familiar rider.
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.
A well-connected network of railways provides fast service throughout the major cities.
Oslo has also got a ferry, metro, and tramway service.
Purchase rail tickets in advance for a cheaper option.
There are InterRail One-Country Pass and Eurail Norway Pass available within Norway.
Most of Norway’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees.
Since the weather in Norway can turn extreme and floods and landslides can occur, it is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates before going to mountainous regions. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities.
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus and mosquito and midge bites (in summer) while traveling to Norway. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Norway, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, and tetanus.
It’s better to make full travel insurance.
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.
Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.
Must-visit destinations in Norway:
If you are an outdoor activities lover:
- The Lofoten Islands
- The Geirangerfjord
If you are medieval town, picturesque village and history lover:
- The Lofoten Islands
If you are a nature lover:
- The Geirangerfjord
- The Lofoten Islands
If you are museums, galleries and culture lover:
For Art, Museums and Galleries:
For Cultures and Traditions:
- The Lofoten Islands
From the above list, you can see that The Lofoten Islands overlaps in four categories, whereas Oslo and The Geirangerfjord overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.
Our Pick: Since Norway is mostly about scenic fjords, well preserved wooden churches, quaint medieval towns, and northern lights and midnight sun, our first pick would be the Lofoten Islands, the Geirangerfjord, and Bergen.
Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.
If this is your first-time visit to Norway and
If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:
Oslo (Day 1-2)→Sognefjord (Day 3)→Bergen (Day 4)→Alesund (Day 5)→Geiranger (Day 7-8) (Must do itinerary for the first timer)
(If you want to take your trip to next level with “The Northern Lights” and “The Midnight Sun”, then head to the Lofoten Islands or Tromsø.)
Oslo (Day 1-2)→Alesund and Geiranger (Day 3-4)→Return to Alesund and fly then drive to the Lofoten Islands (Day 5-6)→Return Oslo (Day 7) (Must do itinerary for the first timer)
Note: You can see midnight sun from North Cape too, but it is the most northern part of the Europe and is at the distance of 6 hr travel from Tromso.
(If you are museum and culture lover)
Stavanger (Day 1-2)→Bergen (Day 3)→Alesund (Day 4-5)→Geirangerfjord (Day 6)→Trollstigen (Day 7)→Oslo (Day 8)
If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary.
Oslo (Day 1-2)→Sognefjord (Day 3)→Bergen (Day 4)→Alesund (Day 5)→Geiranger (Day 7-8)→Return to Alesund and fly to the Lofoten Islands (Day 9)→Lofoten Islands (Day 10-11)→Tromso (Day 12-13)→Return Oslo (Day 14) (Must do itinerary for first timer)
(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling crammed.)
We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Norway can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.